Paint!

Disclaimer: This post is a repost from my old blog, which was more personal and less crafty. I don’t use that blog anymore, but thought I’d share some of the craft-related posts from there. This one was from June 2015.


So, a while ago I got really frustrated and couldn’t focus on any of the projects I had going. So I sat at my computer and sulked for a while, and then I opened Paint.

Do you remember the Paint program? It’s what we all used before Adobe Photoshop. We all used to play around with it, and pretend we were artists. And I’m fairly sure that we’ve all done one of these at some point of another…

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But that was just the start of my playing around.

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In fact, because I’m me, I got a little carried away.

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I even tried to be semi-artistic, instead of just making pretty patterns.

My freehand isn’t too great, especially using a laptop mousepad – most of this is copy and paste.

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I wonder how I’d do with a proper mouse, or one of those electronic sketchpad thingies.

I did make this though…

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…which I think is pretty cool.

I ended up back at my old favourite though.

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Hobbycraft’s Make of the Month Competition

Disclaimer: This post is a repost from my old blog, which was more personal and less crafty.  I don’t use that blog anymore, but thought I’d share some of the craft-related posts from there.  This one was from October 2015.


 

Whilst browsing the Hobbycraft blog this weekend, I found a Make of the Month competition.  It’s very simple: you upload a photograph of your project, and tell them what inspired you or how you made it.

I submitted this bracelet I made recently:

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I made it for my store, but it got bought by a friend before I could even upload it properly.  I do love it.  I’m tempted to make another one for me 🙂

The Make of the Month entry page says a selection will be showcased on the blog.  At the time of writing this post I’m not on the October page, but that might change.  I’ll keep an eye out 🙂

People are invited to comment and share and so forth, so I’m gonna go have a flip through and see if I can find some inspiration.

There are prizes for Make of the Month: £100 Hobbycraft gift card for the winner, and ten runner up prizes of a £10 gift card.  And winning a prize would be great, but I’m loving just entering.


 

I did make another one.  I didn’t win the competition, then I completely forgot about entering again.  I’ll have to check if they still do them.

Random Craft Quiz – Part 5

I’m getting better at this.  It’s only a month since the last part this time.

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41) Have you ever bought craft supplies in bulk?

Quite often.  If you know you’re going to use them, it’s cheaper in the long run.

42) Have you ever participated in a crochet/knit along?

A couple.  I started making Sophie’s Universe a few years ago but couldn’t decide what yarn I wanted to use and decided to make three.  I got distracted and ended up with two small Sophies and a stalled one.  I have since turned the two small ones into cushions…

…and I fully intend to finish the other one at some point.

43) Have you ever completed a year-long project?  (Mood blanket, temperature blanket, etc)

Many projects that have taken more than a year, but no specific year-long project.

44) Knitting, crocheting or both?

Both.  And cross stitch.  And embroidery, and badge making, and beading, and hama beads, and sewing.  I like to say that if I don’t already do a craft it’s probably on my list of crafts to try.  I do a lot of them.

45) Patterns or improvised?

Depends on the craft.  Generally with knitting and crochet I’ll follow patterns.

46) Stick to one project or keep multiple going at once?

Hahahahahahahahahaha!  At last count my list of WIPs was more than 40.

47) Wind new yarn or leave it as it is?

I usually leave it as it is, until it it’s mostly used and collapses into a tangle.  I don’t mind tangles though.  I find untangling them to be quite therapeutic.

48) Buy supplies online or in person?

Online is nearly always cheaper.  We don’t have any Friendly Local Yarn Stores in my area, so there aren’t really any independents to support.

49) Make gauge swatches or hope for the best?

I like to live dangerously.  Rarely make a gauge swatch… although I rarely make projects that really need them.

50) Favourite hook/needle size?

I do 90% of my crochet and knitting with double knit yarn, so usually a 4mm-4.5mm hook/needle.

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That’s it!  More than 18 months after I started, I’ve finally finished this random craft quiz.

Many Mini Aliens

Every year since 2009 I’ve assigned myself a yearly challenge, or six.  This year I forgot all about it until about a month ago, when I decided to do a Half-Yearly challenge starting in June instead. Since the challenge I ended up choosing is crafty, I’m writing about it here as well as on my personal blog.

I came up with a few options, then couldn’t narrow it down further.  So I posted on Facebook, Twitter, Ravelry and Reddit asking my friends to pick a number between 1 and 4.  They didn’t know what they were choosing for (something I do quite often), but the options I had written down were:

1) Write a blog post every day.
2) Turn a cloud into a drawing every day.
3) Knit a mini alien a day.
4) Make an origami something a day.

As the votes came in, I realised that making 1 mini alien a day for half a year would result in more than 180 mini aliens.  That’s a LOT.  They sell really well when I do school fairs, but that is still practically an invasion of mini aliens.  So I decided that if that option should win, then I’d make 2 a week instead.

When the voting ended, option 4 had 3 votes, options 1 and 2 both had 5 votes, and option 3 won with a massive 11 votes. So, with the plan to make 2 mini aliens a week, I drew up a page in my bullet journal to keep track of them.  Which is when I realised that the start of June is not the start of the 2nd half of the year.  Bit of a brain blip there.  So I’m doing a Slightly-More-Than-Half-Yearly Challenge instead, and will be making 62 of these adorable little guys…

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Origami World Records

The other day I posted about my attempt to make the smallest origami sonobe cube I possibly could, and I promised to follow up and see if anyone had made one smaller than my 1cm one.

My Google-Fu is not strong, but I found this page on Origami-Instructions.com where their users have submitted the smallest cubes they’ve made.  It starts off with a 2cm cube, which made me excited because mine was smaller than that!  It progresses though, and gets down to 4mm!  That’s insanely small.

Note: the page does display a very dodgy looking 3mm entry, but I have to agree with the comments that it looks fake.

I also found this page, on RecordHolders.org which lists a whole bunch of origami related world records.  There isn’t actually an entry for the smallest cube, but there are some other entries that made my brain hurt just thinking about.

For instance, the “Model Folded From Smallest Square”.  0.36×0.3 mm.  MILLIMETERS!!!  Apparently the guy – a watchmaker in Spain – used a 20x magnifier, and the result was about the size of a full stop.  Jeeeeeezzz.

As I said, my Google-Fu is not strong, but I tried finding pictures of the origami piece and all I really found was other sites listing origami records, who used almost an identical paragraph as RecordHolders.org like this one, which also included a photo.

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(Semi-Google-Fu skills found no other instance of this photograph online.  That is the exact image size from BritishOrigami.info – I didn’t make it tiny.)  It’s supposed to be a bow tie, but all I see is a square.

I also found a response on a question/answer website which mentioned the photo and didn’t show it, then linked back to the RecordHolders website (which also didn’t have the photo).

I did go to the home of records – GuinnessWorldRecords.com – and set up an account so I could a full search.  They have no record for the smallest origami cube, and no record for the model folded from the smallest square either.  Maybe I should submit my 1cm cube.

As for my best friend Cayden – mentioned in lots of my posts, and in the last one I’m following up on – he isn’t 100% sure but he thinks his smallest cube was made with 1″ paper, which beats me.

He has provided me with a picture he had of some very pretty cubes, but it’s an old image and not taken to prove size so doesn’t have any reference really.  Still – pretty and awesome.

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He followed up the next day with two pictures.  The first was this one, with a 13mm cube – I still win.

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And then he sent this one… 8mm.  Cayden wins.

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Update: the next morning Cayden sent me this one.

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Show off.

Random Craft Quiz – Part 4

Good news!  It hasn’t been a year between installments this time 🙂

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31) Where do you store your WIPs?

All over the place – by my armchair, under my sewing desk, by my bed.  Wherever I put it down last, really.  I have a lot of WIPs.

32) What was the last project you had to frog?  Why?

I’ve been working on various versions of a scarf using this amazing yarn called Mini Mochi (it’s discontinued now unfortunately) except that I kept changing what I want it to look like – and what amount of yarn I have available for it.  So I kept frogging it back.  Unfortunately it’s very fine, and made mostly of wool, so it does not frog well – it kinda melts to itself and you end up with lots of knots and tears.  Which is why, in my current version some of the colour fades don’t look quite right.

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33) What is the most frustrating experience you’ve had with a project?

The scarf above I think.  But it’s finished now, and it’s gorgeous!

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34) Have you ever sold your work?

I have!  I sell all sorts of random bits of pieces, all of which you can find by clicking the SHOP link at the top of the page, or by clicking HERE.

35) Have you ever finished a full sized blanket?

I have finished several.  My first ever knitted project…

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(forgive the horrible photograph).  This is called The Loom, because my baby sister who was quite young at the time couldn’t pronounce “heirloom” which I told her it was going to be.

I’ve also made a VERY large blanket for my other sister and her husband as a wedding present, which wasn’t quite finished in time and ended up being a Christmas present.

 

I’ve made a rainbow crochet square quilt…

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and a Tunisian crochet quilt.

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I’m also working on several others.  I am a little addicted.

36) Have you ever had an interesting interaction with a stranger for crafting in public?

The occasional conversation with someone on the bus when I’m knitting.  Nothing worth talking about really.

37) Have you ever had a household member complain about the size of your yarn stash?

Nope.  One of the advantages of being single and living alone.

38) Have you ever been to a crocheting/knitting circle or club?

Absolutely.  My friend and I started a Stitch & Bitch at our university way back in 2007, but it didn’t last long after we left.  And there was a group at my local library I used to go to.

39) Have you ever written a pattern to share with others?

The first iteration of my store, many many years ago was a store on Etsy called Celeena Cree Creations where I sold crochet, knitting, cross stitch and blackwork patterns.  Those patterns will be going up on this store at some point in the future.

40) Have you ever purchased yarn only to decide you hated it?

By the time I was finished making the Loom, I was really REALLY sick of that yarn.  I can’t recall what it was though.

Why It’s Been Six Months Since My Last Post

There are many crafts I like to do.  I find it easier to tell new people that if I don’t already do a craft, then it’s probably on my list of crafts to try.  And I do have other hobbies.  I have some experience in creative writing, I love movies, I like to read, I like to bake occasionally.  Unfortunately I also have depression.  Along with the depression I have lots of other associated issues like anxiety and some compulsive disorders.

I say this here on my crafting blog, attached to my fledgling store, instead of on my personal blog, because I want to explain why sometimes I go so very long without posting.  I’m not going to go into details.  They can be very unpleasant and I’d like to keep this a happy space.  I just want to say that my issues can leave me with very little energy or motivation to do anything.  On days when I can barely get out of bed, I still have the oomph to reach out and grab a crafting project from my bedside table.  Nothing complicated necessarily, nothing more than maybe a simple crochet stitch. But craft is always there.

One of the things I don’t often have the motivation or energy to do is to actually get out the computer, compile my thoughts, get together photographs and write a blog post.  I have so many ideas for them.  My brain never stops – even when I want it to – and the ideas are constant.  I often find myself taking photographs of the different steps of projects with the full intention of writing a blog post at some point.  It’s just that “at some point” can take a very long time to come around.

I can’t promise that I won’t have another six month gap, but I can promise that I will try.  While I’m feeling relatively normal I will write and schedule as many posts as I can.  And I will chase up the few guest bloggers I have lined up.